In a piece on Rafa Benitez’s decision to loan out Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has revealed that Newcastle will slap a £20m price tag on the Serbian’s head this summer – a ‘revised price’ following his impressive rise to form at Fulham.
Mitrovic may have been a huge hit at Fulham so far, however it’s been confirmed that there’s nothing in place to make the deal permanent in the summer, meaning Newcastle are in a position of power when it comes to his potential price tag.
As you’d expect, Fulham fans have already made it known as to how keen they are to see his loan move become permanent, but we may be in no rush to sell for a cut-price fee given his form. Not forgetting the fact his stock would rise even further if we impressed in this summer’s World Cup..
After Brighton refused to offer over £10m for the Serbian in January, here’s what Mark Douglas has had to say about his potential exit this summer, suggesting that Newcastle have now slapped a £20m price tag on the 23-year-old’s head:
“As it is, no Premier League club but Brighton were prepared to pay for him – and even they would not go beyond £10million.
“With no option negotiated to make it a permanent deal, Mitrovic will be back at Newcastle in the summer. Depending on what happens from here on in, we may see him pulling the shirt on in the summer. Either way, his goal rush is a positive for Newcastle.
“If he does well in the World Cup, there may be takers at Newcastle’s revised price of £20million.”
In this day and age, £20m could actually be a generous fee if he continues to play as he has been for Fulham – especially when they wanted £25m for Tom Cairney last summer (a player 4 years his senior with no Premier League pedigree).
Let us know your thoughts folks – is this a realistic price tag set by NUFC?